SHAUN Annetts will lead Bridport for his final Toolstation Western League Premier Division game in charge of the Bees as caretaker against Clevedon Town on Saturday (3pm).

Annetts will receive a home send-off from the St Mary’s Field faithful, with the long-serving coach set to take a break from the game over the summer.

Future boss Edgar Marcu will take over the reins at Bridport after Annetts leaves – provided he is not banned for his red card at Tavistock.

Bridport are understood to be waiting on news of the severity of a potential ban for Marcu, which could spill over into next season.

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But Annetts will be leading the Bees in his final game of the season – having been present throughout a tumultuous season that has yielded just one win and one draw.

He told the Bridport News: “It is my last game, it’s been incredibly difficult – right from my time with Rob (Marquis, ex-boss).

“It was obvious to me that it was going to be a tough season. Fair play to Rob for taking it on. It became apparent very quickly that we weren’t going to attract the players necessary.

“It got to Christmas, they decided to part company with Rob and left me in charge. Since then the club made a decision for the budget to be dropped and we lost a few along the way.

“But I’ve got a core of lads who’ve stuck by me and the club regardless. They’re the ones I want to thank the most.

“I’ve spoken to Edgar and he’s happy for me to pick the side. I will certainly pick the lads who have been to places like Helston, Mousehole and Tavistock twice.

“I just want one more game where I can be in charge and enjoy the game. To get through to this point, there’ve been lots of times where I didn’t think we’d get through to the end of the season.

“Chris (Herbst) and Sam (Day) in the reserves have done their bit, without a shadow of doubt. They’ve been very supportive.

“Edgar’s arrival with his contacts has also helped. There’ve been some dark days in these last four months, I can assure you.

“But we got there by the skin of our teeth and avoided having to withdraw from the league.

“So, I’m looking forward to it. I’m sad in some respects but I do need a bit of a break from the stresses and strains of it. The actual football bit is easy.

“I just hope that those lads that are going to play on Saturday get some success. They deserve success in the seasons to come.”

Bridport’s players look likely to make themselves available for selection in Annetts’ final fixture but Mike Hill (knee) is doubtful with injury.